🎥 Caught on Camera: Property Rights Win

Beef Beyond Borders, Damage Done and Fighting FMD from Ranching.com by CattleMax

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🎥 Caught on Camera: Property Rights Win

🎥 Caught on Camera: Property Rights Win - The Court of Appeals of Tennessee ruled that state officials cannot conduct warrantless searches on private land used for various activities. This decision followed a lawsuit by landowners against the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency after game wardens installed surveillance cameras on their property. The ruling, seen as a victory for property rights, emphasized the importance of state constitutional protections and may have implications for similar cases in other states.

🐄 Fighting FMD - Oregon State University Extension Service is spearheading a project to prepare for potential foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreaks in Oregon, California, and Idaho. With nearly $75,000 in funding, the project aims to educate cattle producers on biosecurity measures and protocols through a "train the trainer" model. By collaborating with state vets and BQA coordinators, the project seeks to ensure preparedness and minimize financial risks for producers in the event of an outbreak.

🌽 Feedlot Digestion - Grain processing is essential for maximizing feed efficiency in cattle diets, particularly in feedlot settings. Different methods, like grinding or steaming, affect starch digestibility, with high moisture corn and steam flaked corn showing superior results compared to dry rolled corn and whole corn. However, the economic viability of grain processing depends on factors such as feedlot size and operating costs, requiring careful consideration in cattle feeding operations.

🔥 Damage Done - The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service estimates that the Panhandle wildfires incurred approximately $123 million in agricultural losses, marking it as the costliest wildfire event on record. Spanning over 1.2 million acres and resulting in the deaths of more than 12,000 cattle, the fires caused extensive damage to ranch infrastructure, grazing lands, and livestock. AgriLife Extension remains dedicated to providing support to affected landowners and producers, coordinating supply points for essential resources and assisting with disaster assistance programs to aid in recovery efforts

🇯🇵 Beef Beyond Borders - A recent trip to Japan highlighted both challenges and opportunities for U.S. beef in this critical market. Despite a weak yen affecting consumer purchasing power, a surge in tourism is driving spending and demand for U.S. beef, particularly in the middle-tier foodservice sector. Favorable tariff rates and a decline in beef inventories provide opportunities for U.S. beef, although competition from Australia and labor market challenges persist. With continued investment and focus on product quality, the U.S. beef industry remains well-positioned for success in Japan.

🇦🇺 Aussie Allies - At the Beef 2024 convention, NCBA and Cattle Australia (CA) leaders signed a joint statement emphasizing collaboration on cattle health, lab-grown proteins, and sustainability. They highlighted the need for coordinated efforts to combat foreign animal diseases, ensure food safety regarding lab-grown proteins, and promote transparency for consumers. Both organizations committed to working with their governments to implement policies supporting these goals.

🌾 Navigating Native Grasses - Establishing a native grass pasture offers numerous benefits but can be daunting due to challenges like low germination rates and competition. However, success is achievable with careful planning. Key steps include identifying native grass species, conducting soil tests, eliminating competition, preparing a suitable seedbed, selecting the right seed mixture, planting at the optimal time, controlling weeds, and avoiding grazing during establishment. By following these guidelines, producers can establish thriving native grass stands on their land.


Management Tip: Build Resilience In Your Herd To Avoid Pathogen Challenges

Protecting your cows from pathogens is crucial for maintaining their health and productivity. To build resilience, focus on strengthening immunity, bolstering gut health, and binding mycotoxins. Collaborate with your nutritionist and veterinarian to create a proactive defense strategy tailored to your herd's needs, and read here to learn more!

Managing Stress in Calves, Twins in Beef Herds, Beef/Dairy Crosses

Managing twin calves in a beef herd demands vigilant care to ensure both thrive. Experts advise close monitoring for colostrum intake and nutrition, suggesting separation if needed. On this episode of Cattle Chat, K-State Beef Specialist Dr. Eduarda Bortoluzzi and Ph.D. student Rebecca Bigelow discuss that and more!


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Should other states follow Florida’s lead and enact similar bans on lab-grown meat?

86.3%: Yes, it sets an important precedent.

5.2%: No, it’s too restrictive.

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  • “I am not in favour because my thoughts are this will end up becoming direct competition with our industry by what I view to be more offshore ownership.”


  • “Not in favor of lab-grown meat but, if it is safe, let the consumer decide. Lots of consumable products out there that could be banned if this is the precedent.”

  • “It’s largely ‘feel good’ legislation. As the sophistication and expertise of the lab grown product increases, consumer demand will necessitate a change in that and similar laws.”


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